Electrical Contracting News (ECN) September 2016 - Page 16

KEY ISSUE LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS As householders, tenants, landlords or even parents and carers, we are responsible for ensuring the electrical installation within a property is well maintained and checked at regular intervals. But how far should we be going to stay safe? And when does being vigilant cross the line into being dangerous? Emma Clancy of Certsure explains why we all have a duty of care towards electrics and why electrical safety should remain the domain of the skilled electrician. A s the blurring of skills and competencies amongst trades increases it can often be difficult for the consumer looking to get a problem with their electrics resolved to know where to turn. How do you know who has the right credentials and what does that actually entitle them to do in regard to work around the home? Over the last few years there seems to have been an upturn in the number of courses, and training programmes which claim to turn the non-competent, nontechnical people out there into ‘skilled and accredited inspectors’ who can carry out simple electrical checks to make sure your home is safe. One recent course in particular, aimed at surveyors, claims that it will create Electrical Safety Surveyors at the end of it. Now I am all for improved safety in the home and being wary – but encouraging people not directly linked to the electrical industry to start carrying out possible inspections is both confusing and potentially dangerous. What is an electrical safety surveyor exactly? And what does it entitle them to do? Is it the same as calling a registered competent electrician? Well according to the infor